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    overthair 7 years 38 weeks ago
    Taking The Tenth
    Web link Robert Fredericks
    "A people enslaves itself, cuts its own throat, when, having a choice between being vassals and being free men, it deserts its liberties and takes on the yoke, gives consent to its own misery, or, rather, apparently welcomes it." So wrote Etienne de La Boetie in his 1552 essay, The Politics of Obedience : The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude. Search E-bay for a recording of this essay...and listen to it!
  • Paul's picture
    Paul 7 years 38 weeks ago
    Valor and Discretion
    Page tzo
    While this article makes sense, as far as it goes, there is a problem with it: What happens, after a lifetime of putting up with abuse? When you are on your deathbed, are you going to say to yourself, "I wish I had resisted, at least once?" You cannot become more free by complying with every statist whim. The problem with being "the one who can take the abuse and remain standing" is that, after a while, you are no longer standing. You are on your knees. The problem also is this notion that every sign of resistance will be rewarded with a beat-down. It just ain't so. There are many, many cases where pushback had no adverse consequences whatever; other cases where the gain in self-respect was worth the pain. When one's personal situation calls for survival (e.g., when supporting a family), then survive. When that no longer holds, then at least on some occasions, don't put up with crap. And on the off chance that that results with the end of your life, then take as many of the bastards with you as you can. Eventually, if enough people do this, they will run out of bastards.
  • Plant Immigration Rights Supporter's picture
    Plant Immigrati... 7 years 38 weeks ago Web link Don Stacy
    The article states "Despite his deep-rooted individualism, Thoreau was readily moved to activism against injustice. " Shouldn't this be BECAUSE of his deep rooted individualism?
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    katkanning 7 years 38 weeks ago Web link Don Stacy
    Disappointing. Didn't much get into 'why he matters'.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 7 years 38 weeks ago Web link Little Alex
    Some anarchist. All Chomsky ever talks about is foreign policy, the domain of the statists.
  • albergine's picture
    albergine 7 years 38 weeks ago Web link Cheryl Cline
    For myself, they went far enough when they agreed to participate, the rest was obvious.
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    albergine 7 years 38 weeks ago Web link Cheryl Cline
    well it can lie, cheat and manipulate as well as any other format, especially if mainstream pop music.
  • Plant Immigration Rights Supporter's picture
    Plant Immigrati... 7 years 38 weeks ago Web link Cheryl Cline
    Muse's album "The Resistance" is a modern example of this.
  • wkmac's picture
    wkmac 7 years 38 weeks ago
    War on Film
    Web link Cheryl Cline
    Larison's comments were interesting but I found even moreso the comments section. As to the comments (negative) concerning the History Channel, I agree that many presentations are done from a bias POV and the background of the question who (?) is left to the viewer to determine and most people don't. Depending on their own bias, they accept or reject the ideas presented and that's just our human nature. At the same time, the History Channel does throw out ideas (sometimes) that provoke thought and to challenge the status quo and that to me is what's healthy and needed. Yesterday STR ran a story on the CIA, LSD and NY Subway system and ironically the History Channel ran (for the uppteenth time) "Secrets of the CIA". Now someone sees that on the history channel, provokes thought and an internet search and pooof, they discover STR. OK, I'll revealing my own bias here but you get the point. Provoking thought and the need for further individual study into a subject is an awefully needed thing these days and I welcome it from wherever it comes. Resisting my own personal bias, I wanted to ask some in the comments section if instead of the History Channel, would they recommend FoxNews or reality TV on the Fox Channel instead! The more I see of TV these days the more I feel intellectually insulted and appreciate the qualities of old Looney Tune cartoons as being more mentally stimulating. More often than not, I enter a room with the TV on and in about 2 minutes I feel the urge to stand up, look at the TV and shout, "aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh SSHHAADDUUPPP!" I love Foghorn Leghorn (another bias of mine) LOL!
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    albergine 7 years 38 weeks ago Page Thomas Van Wyk
    I know a person who is a Vegetarian, at least, they believe they're Vegetarian, as everyday, for breakfast, they eat bacon, when questioned regarding this oddity they say that because they eat so liitle meat that qualifies them to be called Vegetarian. There are many examples of such twisted logic. The conclusion i seem always to return to is that the attraction that makes for these incredible turns of character is deemed small enough so as not to be thought of as a danger, that the self will not be affected as the greater part understands the possibilities involved if the drift were allow to flow freely, but this example isn't just a once, a peek and run, never to return and so in no need of repeat as the lesson was learn't, problem being, these small visit's become repetitions that are bound gradually become habit, habits that meld into normal behaviour, much like brushing of the teeth. Then therefore there is little or no disinction between brushing one's teeth and say flipping the switch that looses a missile that takes out a village of innocent people because they were in the way of someones idea of whitening and on no lesser level of consequence than those that follow and support the building or continuation of the unseen hypocrisy in playful nothingness that then fog's the judgement and distorts the balance.
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    Wyobrd (not verified) 7 years 38 weeks ago Web link Derek Henson
    Fasting triggers cellular apoptosis but no one is going to make any money off of that.
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    madtekwriter (not verified) 7 years 38 weeks ago
    Quake
    Page Jim Davies
    Wish you would lay off the anti-God stuff--unless you’ll admit that your image of him, in addition to being “omniscient, omnibenevolent and omnipotent” also includes him being “omni-interfering.” You have a view of God that is very different from mine. Your view lacks a concept of “free moral agency.” You suppose that religious folks think that God is like some chess player, moving pieces around some heavenly chessboard--therefore, no free moral agency. Truth (as I see it, anyway) is that actions have natural, logical, principle-driven consequences (e.g., people allow themselves to be ruled by governments, then governments abuse their subjects), and God is the ultimate non-aggressor--he only acts where and when free moral agents give him license.
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    albergine 7 years 38 weeks ago
    Quake
    Page Jim Davies
    i would tend to agree with 'ottersonroger' (first Comment) that it reads very much like what would be expected from a factually lacking Politicaly biased view of events/history. if the writer is without agenda/political affiliation - what would the reason be for such a narrow minded article (no offence meant) the link has a few interesting Facts (though i wasn't there) that may help form a different angle of attack for next time . http://www.historycommons.org/timeline.jsp?timeline=haiti
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    DennisLeeWilson 7 years 38 weeks ago
    Quake
    Page Jim Davies
    Please include author's name along with the title on the main page. I make it a point to read a select group of authors first and almost missed this article because author identity is unknown until link is opened.
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    Jim Davies 7 years 39 weeks ago
    Quake
    Page Jim Davies
    Constructive criticism is always welcome, ottersonroger, but here I saw criticism without constructiveness. What aspect of Haiti's history, I wonder, leads you to suppose that its people have suffered too little government instead of too much? FYI, there is no "party" here on STR. Even a quick visit to the "non-voting archive" should satisfy you that we eschew all political affiliation. Check out http://www.strike-the-root.com/vote.html True, we are philosophically libertarian, in that we see government as parasitic even at best; we start from the premise that every human is his own self-owner, and therefore that any governor, who would take away from him some at least of the life decisions he wants to make for himself, is antithetical to human nature. Possibly you have embraced the opposite premise. I'd be interested to learn which aspects of your own life you wish somebody else to rule. Jim Davies
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    wkmac 7 years 39 weeks ago
    Quake
    Page Jim Davies
    Stefan Molyneux did a video interview on Haiti a month or so back. Here's the link below and draw your own conclusions. And Jim, thanks for your contribution and thoughts on the matter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijf2hIwBgFc&feature=youtube_gdata
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    ottersonroger 7 years 39 weeks ago
    Quake
    Page Jim Davies
    Very incomplete, superficial understanding of Haitian history. Selected points are chosen only if they support the party line.
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    Puck 7 years 39 weeks ago Web link Robert Fredericks
    You may be right, but if that referendum had been held on September 12th, 2001 we would probably have nuked Afghanistan. I'm not sure that level of democracy is a genie I'd want out of the bottle.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 7 years 39 weeks ago Web link Robert Fredericks
    I know how most STRers feel about voting, okay? But with that said I have long felt that if the American people could vote on this "world policeman role" as they do with referendums and ballot proposals on the local level, that America would very quickly return to the neutral, unentangled nation it started out as.
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    GregL 7 years 39 weeks ago
    GDP Fetishism
    Web link Don Stacy
    This is probaably the simplest and clearest explanation of the shortcomings of GDP as a measurement that I have ever seen. Given the contant attention being paid to GDP by the MSM, it's well worth reading if you'd like to improve your understanding of GDP.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 7 years 39 weeks ago Web link Little Alex
    I never though i'd see the day when using (government issued!) cash would be a sign post to terrorists.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 7 years 39 weeks ago Web link Little Alex
    I admire Carson. I am surprised though to see him on STR.
  • GregL's picture
    GregL 7 years 39 weeks ago Web link Little Alex
    Chilling.
  • albergine's picture
    albergine 7 years 39 weeks ago Web link Cheryl Cline
    no matter how much (or little) their just using the paper that 'they' print in the first place, the peoples use is to launder it into some weak form of legitimacy, they get the land and mineral's to play with.
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    BrianDrake 7 years 39 weeks ago Page Jakub Bozydar W...
    Like a box of 21 gourmet chocolates. Each delicious and satisfying. Even better all in the same box. Bravo Sir.
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    KenK 7 years 39 weeks ago Web link Anthony Gregory
    Funny.
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    miamizsun 7 years 39 weeks ago
    Mandatory Molyneux
    Web link Cheryl Cline
    excellent!
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    JoshuaPettigrew 7 years 39 weeks ago Web link Derek Henson
    From the poll: 33. Do you think Iran currently has nuclear weapons, or not? Feb. 12-15 2010 Yes, has weapons 71% No, does not 26% No opinion 3% This was based on about 500 interviews. I hope it does not reflect reality.
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    patpetrilloartist (not verified) 7 years 40 weeks ago
    Wheat and Chaff
    Page Bill Butler
    Thanks for the info, I'm doing research about this one. You helped me, thanks again. Mr. Petrillo MMA Pound for Pound
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    Glen Allport 7 years 40 weeks ago Page Alex Schroeder
    Nicely done column; gets to the root of things. The power elite are thrilled to have people on the "left" and "right" jockeying for a chance to add their own favored tyranny to the mix; when the voters tire of the current party in power and put the opposite wing in charge, the new "leaders" begin adding "their side's" desired tyrannies WITHOUT dismantling the tyranny added by the previous crowd, despite campaign promises. This ratchet effect ensures that government power grows reliably, year after year. Smoking bans, as Alex points out, are just one example of the process.
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    clore333 (not verified) 7 years 40 weeks ago Page Alex Schroeder
    I would have appreciated this justified attack on eminent domain much more if the author hadn't engaged in shilling for corporations like McDonald's and Wal-Mart. The latter is a particularly egregious example to cite, as a study has shown that this corporate welfare queen has received more than one billion dollars in state subsidies, often via abuse of eminent domain. News & Views for Anarchists & Activists: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/
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    Plant Immigrati... 7 years 40 weeks ago Web link Little Alex
    I wonder if Congress will ever get around to passing a similar resolution regarding the Holodomor, the muder of more than 10 million Ukrainians by Stalin.
  • tzo's picture
    tzo 7 years 40 weeks ago Page Alex Schroeder
    This highlights the inherent weakness of positive law that ignores individual human rights. No matter its original intent (and that can always be argued), its subsequent interpretation can only be detrimental to human freedom. Yeah, let's all get back to that Constitution, wherein it is stated that the government controls all the land and private property does not exist. That's a fine foundation for a free society.
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    ReverendDraco 7 years 40 weeks ago
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    Glad to see STR is back. . . the first time I hit the site after it went down, my Anti-Virus alerted me. . . so nice that all wasn't lost. STR is the first site I hit in the morning, it goes great with the first cup o'mud and a cig. You guys rock.
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    buzaman 7 years 40 weeks ago
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    Welcome back STR! I was checking 4-5 times a day waiting for the site to come back up. A good friend is back!
  • GregL's picture
    GregL 7 years 40 weeks ago
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    Me too. STR was always the first site I looked at in the morning. Welcome back.
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    elee3 7 years 40 weeks ago
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    Agreed, I'm very happy to see STR back online. I must have checked the site 20 times a day for the last week.
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    Plant Immigrati... 7 years 40 weeks ago
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    I was very concerned when you were down due to the virus. I am glad to know that the world has not lost a great friend of human liberty. Welcome Back.
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    ex0du5 (not verified) 7 years 42 weeks ago Page David Graham
    How can you logically argue for animal rights in one breath, and in the same breath mock health care rights? Or, put differently, at what size of organism does the right to _defense_ end? We can build a defensive military and police to protect the right (to defend health) of humans against humans, and maybe against some wildlife, but when it gets microscopic, suddenly it's absurd? What about Steve McQueen's blob? If it came rolling down the street, but it was determined it was unicellular, does that mean everyone it's consuming would have to pay for their own defense? What about an alien invasion? I think the health care debate is one where libertarian thinkers have failed miserably to have any coherence, for precisely the same reasons presented here for animal rights. All enlightenment arguments for classical liberalism are ultimately health based...
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    wkmac 7 years 43 weeks ago Web link Robert Fredericks
    As I read in the article about Valentine's Day being a christian holiday based on reverence to a so-called christian saint, I couldn't help but think of Plato and the Noble Lie observed in it's modern form in the Straussians and the various religionist movements that grip people in subjugation, mentally as well as physical and political. To make matters worse are how these religions so clearly and continuously violate real ethics and morals while uttering the noble lie that in all of heaven and earth, they are the sole source for all morality, ethics and worst of all, truth. On this day of myth and purpose of filthy lucer, I'm hard pressed to think of who is the more unwise, the Saudi's who follow our lead or our own western culture who continue to stick their heads in holes and refuse to stand like the free individuals they should be and were intended to be. Thanks Robert for posting the article.
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    Evan 7 years 43 weeks ago Web link Don Stacy
    Thumbs up.
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    Evan 7 years 43 weeks ago
    Streetzen
    Web link Don Stacy
    lol
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 7 years 43 weeks ago
    Streetzen
    Web link Don Stacy
    WTF? Hollywood glam shots?
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    Libertas 7 years 43 weeks ago Web link Little Alex
    I see it everyday in Honolulu, just in their driving and parking. They can´t seem to understand that the lack of respect from the citizens is due to their lack of respect for the law. Instead they just want us to obey unquestioningly. They are more cowardly than regular bullies because they hide behind the uniform and the state. Walking through downtown Honolulu, I´m more likely to get robbed and insulted for jay walking than mugged or harassed by drug dealers. They at least leave me alone and don´t insult me with the idea that they are protecting me.
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    golefevre 7 years 43 weeks ago Web link Little Alex
    Now THIS is why I enjoy this site so much. I learn something new every time I visit. I honestly did not realize that Marx was the originator of the word "capitalism." I had a very clear, simple understanding of the word capitalism (one of an accountant, really). But what we find as a core belief...it really isn't the true definition of capitalism, is it? Maybe laissez-faire IS the better term. I've invested some time reading various authors in the subject of economics (mainly because the Keynesian models that were crammed down my throat in business school began to be personally rejected a few years ago), but it seems that I really am at a point where I need to read Marx and understand the origin of some these terms better. I've been dismissive of Marx, always deferring to others on the subject of "Das Kapital." This is a good impetus to pick up a copy and try to work through Marx's text.
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    Little Alex 7 years 43 weeks ago Web link Little Alex
    The question could also be: Why confuse an ethical free market with capitalism. It makes my dick itch when people fixate on semantics in politics, but I try to stick to original meanings as much as possible. The word that always comes to mind as the perfect example is 'liberal'. 'Libertarian' is rooted in egalitarian imperatives, but we work from the prefix, discuss ethics and there's nothing more libertarian that scrutinizing power at all times, so looser usages of 'libertarian' doesn't bother me because libertarians are scrutinizing the ownership of the term. But 'capitalism' has an extremely distinctive meanings from the roots of the word's creation by Karl Marx. I think it was a mistake for classical liberals to equate laissez-faire philosophy with the corporatism Marx was identifying as capitalism. The Misesean definition is the reactionary one -- isolating the definition of 'socialism' to be Bolshevism and 'capitalism' as the opposite of that -- not what Prof. Chartier is discussing.
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    golefevre 7 years 43 weeks ago Web link Little Alex
    The premise of this speech is interesting and certainly a speech I'd like to hear. However, I finding parsing of language more than just a little annoying, especially in light of how much damage has been done by others redefining conventional definitions. Chartier's simplest definition of capitalism is succinct (if little understood by most) and essentially what makes trade, wealth and true egalitarian prosperity possible for a growing majority of the population. Why confuse capitalism with corporatism?
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 7 years 43 weeks ago Web link Little Alex
    An excellent critique.
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    Wilton D. Alston 7 years 43 weeks ago
    Importing Freedom
    Page Stefan Molyneux
    This is an essay that was actually co-authored by Stef and me, Wilt Alston. For reasons having to do with the hosting platform, it does not (and cannot, apparently) show me as a co-author. Simply because I'm proud of the work that Stef and I did together, I will spell that fact out here in the comments.
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    KenK 7 years 43 weeks ago Web link Cheryl Cline
    Very informative. Where is the line to be drawn between running down a libeler in order to bring them to court and the persecution of a troll? Hard to say.